All Atheists Are Muslim
written and performed by Zahra Noorbakhsh
directed by Lisa Marie Rollins
developed with W. Kamau Bell
“All Atheists Are Muslim” was created in the Solo Performance Workshop facilitated by Martha Rynberg & W. Kamau Bell, founded by W. Kamau Bell and Bruce Pachtman
Can Zahra have her Atheist and stay Muslim too? You see, it’s time for Zahra and Duncan to move in together. Duncan doesn’t know this, but Zahra does. She’s sure of it… mostly. And even if she’s not 100% sure, she knows he’ll need some time ruminating, deliberating… Oops, Duncan actually said yes! And he wants to move in now! That’s OK, that’s OK. In fact, that’s good. Right? Now, Zahra just needs to mention to her parents that it makes perfect sense for Duncan to move in with her.
That’s right, she just needs to let her immigrant, Iranian, Muslim parents know that her Southern Californian, white, Atheist—non-believing, infidel— boyfriend — who she has no intention of marrying anytime soon —- should move in with her. And in the process, she doesn’t want to get disowned… or forced into an arranged marriage… or end up stoned in a ditch in her parent’s backyard.
Indeed, it’s just your everyday story of “boy meets girl” – meets thousands of years of cultural tradition and religious doctrine. You may even find out you’re more Muslim than you think!
From New York Times: “Lifting Veil on Love and Islam”
By NEIL MacFARQUHAR
Published: January 23, 2012
Zahra Noorbakhsh was 14 when her Iranian immigrant mother discovered that Zahra was defying the family ban on mingling with boys: one was among her four friends heading to the movies together.
So the sex education talk that in a different life, back in the holy city of Qom, would have waited for her bridal night was instead delivered in the parking lot of a mall in Danville, Calif.
“Zahra, you have a hole,” her mother started. “For the rest of your life, men will want to put their penis in your hole. It doesn’t matter who you are, what you look like, who is your ‘friend.’ ”
Young Zahra staggered from the car thinking: “I have a what?! A hole? Where? Was that what I had missed in sex ed the one day I had the flu?”
Read the full article at nytimes.com
Love, Inshallah: The Secret Lives of Muslim Women
Zahra is a contributor to the book Love, Inshallah: The Secret Lives of Muslim Women, a compilation of short stories edited by Ayesha A. Mattu and Nura Maznavi. To learn how you can also contribute stories, click here.